Valdosta Tech turns 40 - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Valdosta Tech turns 40

May 13, 2004

Valdosta - Valdosta Technical College has changed Laveria Johnson's life. "I've had the best experience, I'm so prepared for the real world," said Johnson.

In a few months, she'll graduate with a degree in Computer Information Systems. That's something she never thought possible until she enrolled here. "I had the best instructors, they worked with me and my work schedule, I had an eight month old and sometimes I took tests with him in my lap," said Johnson.

Stories like Laveria's stretch almost half a century long. The college has been turning out successful graduates for 40 years now.

Business instructor Anna Johnson has been there since the beginning. "There were only 12 people on board, from the president down to the custodial staff," said Johnson.

Now the school employees about 300 people, and more than 2,500 students are enrolled each semester. "We touch 10,000 students every year, that's in adult lit., contract training, continuing education and our credit certificate programs," said President James Bridges.

The college will grow even more this summer. In July, construction is set to begin on a new 90,000 square foot addition, located on vacant land beside the main campus. "We'll expand our library in there, we'll expand some economic programs into that area, it will house food service and child care," said Bridges.

It's just one way they're providing more resources to put students like Laveria out in the workforce.

posted at 3:10 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Corn hole tournament to help revitalize downtown Pelham

    Corn hole tournament to help revitalize downtown Pelham

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:55:46 GMT
    The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)
    The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)The Southwest Georgia ACL regional tournament was put on by the Pelham Main Street program. (Source: WALB)

    A regional corn hole tournament is helping one Southwest Georgia city bring life and a new look to their downtown area.   The City of Pelham held the Southwest American Cornhole League (ACL) Regional tournament to raise funds to revitalize their downtown. =

    More >>

    A regional corn hole tournament is helping one Southwest Georgia city bring life and a new look to their downtown area.   The City of Pelham held the Southwest American Cornhole League (ACL) Regional tournament to raise funds to revitalize their downtown. =

    More >>
  • Pretoria Fields and local family work together to raise awareness for autism

    Pretoria Fields and local family work together to raise awareness for autism

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:39 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:39:34 GMT
    The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)
    The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)The Cutliff family partnered with a host of organizations for the 'Anyone for Autism'. (Source: WALB)

    The family of an adult struggling with Autism, is helping raise money to bring awareness to the disorder and other individuals with special needs in the Albany area. Pretoria Fields hosted an 'Anyone for Autism' Concert organized by Jimon Cutliff and his family.  

    More >>

    The family of an adult struggling with Autism, is helping raise money to bring awareness to the disorder and other individuals with special needs in the Albany area. Pretoria Fields hosted an 'Anyone for Autism' Concert organized by Jimon Cutliff and his family.  

    More >>
  • Southern Soul Music Festival doubles attendees from last year

    Southern Soul Music Festival doubles attendees from last year

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:31:41 GMT
    Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)
    Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)Young Buck Entertainment hosted their second annual Southern Soul Music Festival at the Exchange Fairgrounds in Albany. (Source: WALB)

    Hundreds filled the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday, for a night of music and dance.  Young Buck Entertainment hosted its 2nd annual Southern Soul Music Festival.  

    More >>

    Hundreds filled the Albany Exchange Club Fairgrounds Saturday, for a night of music and dance.  Young Buck Entertainment hosted its 2nd annual Southern Soul Music Festival.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly